I really wonder why some members of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) can’t just concentrate on their own religious affairs, the way Pope Francis has been preaching them to do lately, instead of poking their noses on what President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) has to do.
It’s not only ridiculously unbelievable, but simply so absurd to take a stand that for a sitting president not to visit former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) in the hospital where she is currently detained for plunder charges is unchristian – more so that it is Christmas season.
Just because former presidents Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos visited her does not mean that PNoy has to follow suit. Some important people just want to be in the news to be talked about.
If GMA was in the mold of a Nelson Mandela I would have lauded the Estrada and Ramos visits. But, what makes her deserve their visits? I don’t have to question Estrada’s motive, but Ramos should know better.
According to Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, PNoy should have gone in the spirit of Christmas.
“I think he should consider checking on the condition of his predecessor,” Lagdameo said.
What a stupid pronouncement to give! Is being in the hospital and not in the calaboose enough reason for her stay so the doctor’s can monitor her condition?
“I believe greeting, visiting people to show our love and concern for their well being is a Christian virtue. All of us are asked to practice virtue of charity,” Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said.
What are you talking about?
What is more unchristian and uncharitable than for a former leader of a nation to be dishonest and corrupt and later be charged and arrested for plunder?
Or are you guys trying simply to be sympathetically concerned because your ilk has been benefited from gifts bestowed upon you by the former president? Were those brand new cars from the PCSO funds?
I had been critical of retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz before, but this time I appreciate his independence of mind by giving the right explanation contrary to the statements that the other CBCP members have been mouthing, saying that Aquino visiting Arroyo may just be interpreted as a big hypocrisy.
“If he does that, it would be a big hypocrisy incarnate!” he said.
Of course it is!
Not visiting GMA is not about vindictiveness, although we know PNoy has this trait.
Not visiting GMA is about the most appropriate thing to do by any sensible head of state given the seriousness of the crime committed against the country and its people by PNoy’s predecessor.
Whether PNoy visits GMA or not is none of the business of CBCP’s hierarchy.